US to set up volcano observatory in Indonesia

March 14th, 2008 - 9:22 pm ICT by admin  

Jakarta, March 14 (Xinhua) The US and Indonesia will collaborate to improve monitoring and early warning capacity of volcanic activity in North Sulawesi, where many people are at risk from probable eruptions, the US Embassy here said Friday. Both sides have signed the agreement that calls for scientific agencies from both countries to establish a regional volcano observatory with the capability to monitor volcanic activity and provide early warning of volcanic eruptions in the province and the adjacent Sangihe Islands, the embassy said in a statement.

The North Sulawesi-Sangihe Islands area is home to 11 active volcanoes and has a vulnerable population of close to a half million people.

The US Volcano Disaster Assistance Program combines the scientific expertise of the US Geological Survey with the disaster relief experience of the US Agency for International Development’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance.

These agencies will work with Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazards Mitigation which is responsible for monitoring the country’s 129 active volcanoes and issuing warnings.

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